It's not actually 5-6 inches too short. We don't know that without a full shot, because he may have monkey long arms. Judging by the photo, it seems to cover most of his rear, so likely just 1-2in short.
In the interest of scientific research, I've been trying to understand the local preference for dark brown ties. I had occasion to obtain one recently, and am wearing it in the configuration shown below. Is this what all you brown tie-wearing types have been talking about?
My favorite fit of yours by far.
A brown tie is perfectly neutral but warmer than solid blue or black.
first tweed of the season is a good reason to leave a post
Brownish (not grey) herringbone jacket, blue/black on white checked shirt, black wool tie (bought this weekend) and navy/red square on the top, with grey flannels, argyle socks and hazelnut half-brogues - bottom photo taken months ago, with another camera